Dean of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

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University of British Columbia Okanagan

Kelowna, British Columbia

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Role Managed by:

Benjamin Crase

Research Associate

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 03/04/2020

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world – and top 20 public universities. The University opened its Okanagan campus in 2005 as a bold new UBC presence in the interior of British Columbia, designed to deliver on the promise of a research-intensive institution purpose-built for the 21st century. UBC’s Okanagan campus is situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.

UBC’s Okanagan campus is home to over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 630 faculty members and nine Faculties and Schools. With the campus rapidly emerging as a research powerhouse, UBC Okanagan students receive outstanding education in a stimulating student-centric learning environment.  Over the last five years, campus research income has more than doubled.  Success rates at the Canadian tri-councils (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) have consistently exceeded national averages.  Faculty have formal research partnerships with over 100 organizations (including local non-profits, regional small and medium enterprises, national and multinational corporations, regional health authorities, hospitals and municipalities), with activities on the main campus and in the Innovation UBC hub, which is located downtown in the midst of the Okanagan’s thriving tech ecosystem. In 2019, UBC Okanagan  published Outlook 2040, a visioning exercise which positions the campus as one of the fastest growing post-secondary institutions in Canada.

Following a recent organizational re-design, a new Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science has been established at UBC Okanagan. The Faculty will comprise of the Departments of Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics; and Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences.  Each department offers an array of graduate and undergraduate programs, with research strengths in areas such as: biodiversity and conservation ecology; high value agriculture; plant biochemistry; data science; optimization; medical physics; water-landscape interactions; geochronology and tectonics and others.

UBC Okanagan is now seeking the inaugural Dean of its new Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will serve as a key member of the leadership team and will have overall responsibility for academic leadership and administration in the new Faculty. The ideal candidate will be a visionary and collaborative leader, with a strong track record of scholarly eminence and a demonstrable commitment to research and teaching excellence. They will have experience leading and managing change in a university, of recruiting and mentoring excellent faculty, and of advancement and fund-raising. The ideal candidate will also have a strong commitment to indigenous engagement. As part of the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UBC Okanagan has committed to supporting and implementing five key commitments, which can be found here. The candidate must be appointable at Full Professor rank in one of the Faculty’s departments.

This position represents an outstanding opportunity to take on a leadership role at one of the world’s top universities and at a campus that is smaller, nimble and has excellent engagement with the community and wider region. Big thinking and bold ambitions are required to further support the Okanagan campus toward even greater impact and service to the people and communities of British Columbia and beyond.

UBC Okanagan is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver on this search. Applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications and relevant achievements, and should be accompanied by a cover letter describing how candidates meet the selection criteria, why the appointment is of interest, and what they believe they can bring to the role. 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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